University Plans Commencement Events

May 22, 2013
  The University of Scranton will host numerous events in honor of the graduating Class of 2013 culminating with commencement ceremonies for master’s and doctoral degree candidates on Saturday, May 25, and for undergraduate students on Sunday, May 26.

Events planned include, on Friday, May 24, Class Night at which undergraduates will be recognized for academic achievement, leadership and service. Class Night begins at 8 p.m. in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

            On Saturday at 8:30 a.m., the Physical Therapy Department will hold a graduation awards ceremony in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

At 9:30 a.m., the University will conduct a pinning ceremony for nursing graduates in the Long Center. A reception for families and friends will follow.

            At 10:45 a.m., the commencement ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree candidates will take place in the Byron Recreation Complex. Academic awards will be presented to the top students from the College of Graduate and Continuing Education during the ceremony. Austin Burke H’98, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, will serve as the principal speaker.

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception for master’s and doctoral degree recipients and their guests will be held on the Alumni Memorial Green.

            At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, ROTC Army cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a ceremony in the Houlihan McLean Center. A reception will follow.

            Saturday afternoon, the University will also host a reception for members of the Class of 2013 who have made long-term service commitments following graduation at 2:15 p.m. in room 405 of the DeNaples Center. A photo of Alumni Legacy graduates and their families will take place at the St. Ignatius statue in front of the Long Center at 2:45 p.m., (near the Dionne Campus Green amphitheater).

            At 4 p.m., the Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex. University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., will serve as celebrant. Timothy Cadigan, S.J., assistant professor of biology, will serve as homilist.

            Also on Saturday, at 8:30 p.m., a President’s Reception for graduates and parents will be held in the Byron Recreation Complex. Tickets are required to attend.

On Sunday, the University will confer bachelor’s and associate’s degrees during its noon commencement ceremony at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. Sandra Postel, author, scholar, lecturer and director of the Global Water Policy Project, will serve as the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree from the University at the ceremony.

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